niagra falls

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 12:54am
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pOur family is thinking about going to niagra falls this summer, just got the idea from a co-worker of dh , not really that far for us, 500 miles. My kids are peanut and tree nut allergic and I was wondering if there are any dining suggestions anyone would have or any other tips? It will be exciting for the kids to pick up some smarties , I also heard that at some mcdonalds the ice cream may be safe. I am pretty nervous about going since this will be the first real trip since finding out about their allergies 3 years ago, but I think we should be able to manage it will just take a lot of phone calls prior to trip, I got the mcdonalds and burger king info so will call them. Anything I might be leaving out? Thanks and wish us luck/p
pbonny/p

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 11:01am
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Bonny, I'm afraid I can't help you with any restaurant info (my ds was diagnosed after our trip to Niagra Falls) but I did want to give my 2 cents about a visit there. We went last summer and really enjoyed ourselves, except for the fact that we stayed in NY not Ontario. BIG mistake. There is absolutely nothing to do on the NY side and we crossed the border to Canada to do everything from sightseeing, to arcades with the kids to eating. I didn't check to see if you were Canadian or American but I just wanted to let you know so you didn't make the same mistake as us. It was a fun trip other then where we stayed.
Take care, Karen

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 1:18pm
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I will be going to Niagara on the Lake in 2 weeks with my TNA daughter. Never been before, but am looking forward to seeing the differences. I understand Canada is way ahead of the U.S. when it comes to food manufacturing and labelling. I hear retaurants are very conscientious, too. I'll give you all a full report on it when we return.

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 2:45pm
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Hi
I went down to Niagara Falls (Canadian side) with my PA daughter and TNA/egg allergic son last summer. We did not experience any issues. We stayed in something like a comfort Inn or holiday inn with a non-smoking room. We brought a fair amount of our food with us - which is OK if you are driving - otherwise you may want to visit a grocery store (and take advantage of our low Canadian dollar)
Marineland is a great visit. The whale and dolphin shows are great. There are, of course, a bunch of food kiosks but we brought our own food and that worked fine for us. Marineland has lots of rides and the only thing we had to avoid was the deer feeding area (my son is allergic to animals and a severe asthmatic).
I am sorry that I can't remember any of the restaurants we ate at - I think it was something exciting like Denny's and McDonalds and Kelsey's. Denny's does have penauts on some desserts, I think (and eggs!!) but I personally consider it within my comfort zone so long as the kids order something plain like chicken nuggets. We also use McDonald's (boring but safe since the peanuts for sundaes here are handed out in plastic bags and last time I checked the Blizzard (or whatever McDonald's calls them) flavours were all peanut free. I haven't checked that recently, though.
Bear in mind that here in Canada Nestle has a peanut free chocolate plant so pick up some Smarties, Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp or Mirage bars while you are here!
Hope you have a good trip
deb

Posted on: Tue, 07/16/2002 - 6:45am
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Thanks for your replt guys. I am just outside of chicago. LJG, I will look forward to hearing all about your trip, we are all so excited about it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img].My son pa son is looking forward to having a smartie blizzard, I am gonna bring back some of the nestle candies, I think someone posted that the walmart has the variety pack for halloween. What about chapmans ice cream? Is it truly nut free? If so, I have visions of bringing some back on dry ice, maybe that is unrealistic, but sounds good, we are 534 miles from niagra falls, so it could be do able. Any other ice cream that is peanut / nut free we could take advantage of? Debo, we are looking forward to going to marineland too, my son also has asthma, I was just wondering was the deer portion a really overwhelming smell? or was it the dander from the deer? maybe we should skip that part too, probably there is plenty else to see.

Posted on: Tue, 07/16/2002 - 11:51am
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Hi Bonny
The deer feeding area has an entrance with a double gate like a castle. You buy food to feed the deer and they come all around you. I don't know what is in the food, which is also part of the reason we avoided it. You may be able to ask them. Anyway, the park is huge and takes a long time to walk around and you are kept busy just with the roller coasters and sea animals!
Here is a quote from the Chapman's website:
certain Chapman's product lines are made without the use of these ingredients and are run on fill lines dedicated only to these types of products. The danger of cross-contamination is minimized by in-plant programs such as "Allergy Beware," which was developed by the Food and Consumer Products of Canada Association, and a total ban of peanut/nut based products in employee lunch areas.
and the link is [url="http://www.chapmans.ca"]www.chapmans.ca[/url] They have a lot of flavours and novelties like ice cream sandwiches which are run on the dedicated lines and we have never had a problem.
take care
deb

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 5:20am
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Thanks debo,
I just erased my post [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]. We are really looking forward to going canada. I think we will skip the deer part, just for comfort sake. I think I will try to bring back chapmans ice cream, I will bring a couple of coolers and find somewhere to buy dry ice and put as much ice cream as I can in there.
Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. I checked with customs and we are fine there. I was wondering if there are any other products I can bring back on my canadian shopping trip [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img].I have the nestle candies and the ice cream...
Has anyone checked out the hospitals know how far they are that type of thing?
Thanks
bonny

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 6:16am
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Hi
I haven't looked into the info myself, but you can check out [url="http://www.niagarahealth.on.ca"]http://www.niagarahealth.on.ca[/url] or contact them at
AMBULANCE
Ambulance Services
Mail Address: P.O. Box 120, LCD1, Hamilton, ON, L8L 7T5
Tel: (905) 688-2191; (905) 734-9844; (905) 835-5029; (905) 871-4271; (905) 945-3838; (905) 957-7657
Toll Free: Administration: 1-800-495-9491
Fax: (905) 383-1202
Crisis Phone: 911
Provides ambulance dispatch service for the Niagara Region, Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant Counties.
take care
deb

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 12:04pm
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Hi Bonny
Just wanted to let you know that the safe Chapman's ice cream is the one in the cardboard cartons (not plastic tubs). There are about 20 flavours, so you should have lots of choice.
Sarah

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 11:47pm
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Sarah,
I buy the plastic 4 litre containers of Vanilla and they have the black label on it with no warning. I thought it was safe? It was my understanding that the black cardboard boxes or plastic containers are the line of ice-creams that are made on dedicated lines.
I may be mistaken so I am going to call to find out.
I'll get back to you.
Hi I'm back, I checked out the web-site and the 4 litre (around 7 flavours with black label)are safe. Wierd enough I can only find a lot of them in No Frills grocery chains which carries a lot of Pres.Choice products off the Loblaws stores.
[This message has been edited by smack (edited July 18, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 07/18/2002 - 11:48am
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smack
sorry, I didn't think about the 4 L tubs since I never see them in stores -- I meant the 2 L plastic tubs that are quite common and have the warning statement.
Sarah

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